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RSL signs 16-year-old homegrown midfielder Julio Benitez

Benitez is the second homegrown signing in two days.

Chivas USA v Real Salt Lake Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Real Salt Lake has secured the signature of another academy prospect, announcing today the signing of 16-year-old midfielder Julio Benitez.

Benitez was under contract with Real Monarchs in 2021, and his arrival marks him as the 11th rostered homegrown player. He joins fellow academy prospect Jude Wellings in having signed contracts in recent days.

Benitez has made appearances with the U.S. under-15 national team, and he played 392 minutes over nine matches for Real Monarchs in 2021.

From a club-issued release, RSL general manager Elliot Fall:

“Julio has proven himself to be an exceptional talent in our club since the day he arrived in the Academy. He embodies what we strive to develop at our club – athletes who excel on the field and, more importantly, off of it. I have no doubt that Julio will have a positive impact on the field and in our community for years to come.”